US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of payroll report

viernes 6 de junio de 2014 07:31 GYT

* Payroll report seen showing slower job growth in May

* S&P 500, Dow ended at records on Thursday

* BofA could pay more than $12 bln to settle probes: WSJ

* Futures up: Dow 30 pts, S&P 1.7 pts, Nasdaq 4.75 pts

By Ryan Vlastelica

NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Friday, indicating the market's recent gains could be extended, though investors held off from making large bets ahead of the highly anticipated May payroll report.

* A weaker-than-expected report could spark a selloff on Wall Street, especially with major indexes coming off a string of record highs and light trading volume recently, which could make the market more susceptible to big swings.

* About 218,000 jobs are expected to have been added in May, down from 288,000 added in April. The report, due at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT), is also expected to show the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in May from 6.3 percent.

* Recent data, including jobless claims and the ADP report on private sector employment this week, have indicated some softness in the labor market, though that has not swayed a view that the economy is improving as underlying trends continue to point to firming conditions.   Continuación...